Johnson steals first road course victory

Jun 20, 2010 Full story: SI.com 28

Jimmie Johnson has earned his first career road course victory after Australia's Marcos Ambrose made a late mistake to lose the race at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.

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orpen

Capalaba, Australia

#1 Jun 20, 2010
sad day again for the Aussie but when does fuel flow uphill???? he deserved to win..
MAGGIE

Greenville, SC

#2 Jun 20, 2010
I thought Jimmie deserved the win. He has been working so hard trying to master the road course and he finally did. I'm so proud of the way he acts when he wins. A really nice man and I think that's why so many of you don't like him. But he's good so everybody can just suck it up when he does win.

Since: Aug 08

De Pere, WI

#3 Jun 20, 2010
MAGGIE wrote:
I thought Jimmie deserved the win. He has been working so hard trying to master the road course and he finally did. I'm so proud of the way he acts when he wins. A really nice man and I think that's why so many of you don't like him. But he's good so everybody can just suck it up when he does win.
You have it wrong. We don't like him because he wins all the time, not because he's a nice man. But I am a big enough person to give credit where credit is due: JJ is a great driver, but that doesn't mean I have to like him! LOL! Congrats!
billebob

Taylorsville, NC

#4 Jun 21, 2010
A wise oldtimer who had worked around Nascar dating back to Junior Johnson ownership days once told me Nascar can't tell you who is going to win but they can tell you who isn't. I agree with the talk show caller last night who said" I had just turned on the radio at the time of the penality, not knowing who was in second, I told my buddy it was Jimmy Johnson". This is why I cut out my usual 3-5 races per year to 0 over three years ago, Nascar lost a 25+ year regular attendee to the races. They have lost the southern younger generation my 21 year old and his buddies who grew up going to races won't even watch it on T.V.
X Jr Fan

Cleveland, TN

#5 Jun 21, 2010
that has to be right up there with the worst blunder in NASCAR. i can't believe Ambrose thought he was going to run out of gas.
Race

United States

#6 Jun 21, 2010
MAGGIE wrote:
I thought Jimmie deserved the win. He has been working so hard trying to master the road course and he finally did. I'm so proud of the way he acts when he wins. A really nice man and I think that's why so many of you don't like him. But he's good so everybody can just suck it up when he does win.
WHAT> how did he deserve the win......I really do not agree with you, he is not a nice man. he brags about being the'best' &* thinks he is so great & deserves all. he is NOT the best. there are a LOT of best drivers out there . JJ has 'LUCK' not the best driver. He has proven he can not drive in traffic, only when he is by himself. his demeanor is just for the camera. he does not have the fan vote. he is a fraud. he is not nice to his real family who gave up a lot for him. he just supports the ugly golddigger he married. So support him , if you must. I hope someone wrecks him at Bristol & Watkins Glen & he has DNF's. Then he will get a lot of cheers. yesterday he had BOOS. HA HA

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#7 Jun 21, 2010
X Jr Fan wrote:
that has to be right up there with the worst blunder in NASCAR. i can't believe Ambrose thought he was going to run out of gas.
They compared this blunder to Mark Martin's huge misfortune to believe he'd won the race already coming out of turn 4 so decided he'd come into pit lane before crossing the finish line. It'll be REALLY hard to top that without damaging your career or injuring somebody.

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#8 Jun 21, 2010
Race wrote:
<quoted text>
WHAT> how did he deserve the win......I really do not agree with you, he is not a nice man. he brags about being the'best' &* thinks he is so great & deserves all. he is NOT the best. there are a LOT of best drivers out there . JJ has 'LUCK' not the best driver. He has proven he can not drive in traffic, only when he is by himself. his demeanor is just for the camera. he does not have the fan vote. he is a fraud. he is not nice to his real family who gave up a lot for him. he just supports the ugly golddigger he married. So support him , if you must. I hope someone wrecks him at Bristol & Watkins Glen & he has DNF's. Then he will get a lot of cheers. yesterday he had BOOS. HA HA
Anyone think this hater would follow up these horse patties with reading responses?

He DOES deserve the win, just as ANY driver does who is in 2nd to inherit the win. Ambrose 'deserved' it for the moment he was winning without making mistakes, and 1 mistake cost him, win goes to the 2nd place car who was not as fast but did NOT make a critical mistake.

Jimmie may not BE the best, but he's driver of a team who won championships 4 yrs in a row. He IS the contributing factor to getting that car around the track. His stats are proof he can do that consistently enough, which is the only defining factor of 'being the best'. Any other 'variable' is simply dismissed. Even if he cannot drive in traffic, that is simply a variable like saying, his pit crew isn't the fastest.

In my opinion,'Consistently getting the car to the finish line ahead of the highest # of cars and acquiring enough points to win a championship' is the only requirement for obtaining the status of 'best'. He's done it 4 years in a row, which has never been done, and AS IT STANDS, he has the best ever 'current' achievement in the fact he hasn't been defeated in 4 years. Nobody else in history has ever been in a position to say that, which is the defining factor of 'best of all time.'
The Fat and the Furious

Livonia, MI

#9 Jun 21, 2010
What an idiotic title. Jimmie didn't steal anything. He crossed the finish line first and won. That's how the winner is determined. There was no guarantee that Marcos was going to win, regardless of whether he shut his car off or not. There were 2 dominant cars all day and one of them pulled off the win, it's that simple. Sure, I felt sorry for Marcos, but mistakes have cost many guys a chance to win over the years (Just ask Jimmie, he cost himself the chance to win Dover.)

As for any nonsense about Jimmie just being lucky and not able to drive, well we all know that's a load of garbage, including the fools who keep trying to hold on to those foolish theories. I know the road course win will stick in their collective mind for a long time. Jimmie just keeps chipping away at those places where they liked to believe he didn't have a chance. That's one of the things that makes him the best. If he feels like there's a place he needs to improve at or an area of his driving, he puts in the time and effort and reaps the benefits. Anyone who hasn't seen that from Jimmie from his first year until now, needs to invest in a cane and a service dog, because they have some serious vision problems.

I especially like the people who pretend to know what Jimmie's like personally. You know, the one's who claim he's not the nice guy he portrays. That always makes me laugh. While I don't know him personally either, at least I'm smart enough to judge on what I do get to see and not things I just make up to justify whichever way I feel about him. And, if not liking Jimmie stems simply from his winning, maybe some of you should rethink being a fan of any kind of competition. I'm not saying you have to like Jimmie, but to have that much rage and hate simply because he wins, that just can't be healthy for you.
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#10 Jun 21, 2010
The Jimmy and Chad Show have cheated theil way to win laces and foul championships. Now they stear wins too. Is thele no end to theil tleachely?

Ancient plovelb say: "Ord age and tleachely wirr ovelcome youth and skirr."

“How We Roll”

Since: Nov 08

Area 51, Nevada

#11 Jun 21, 2010
The Fat and the Furious wrote:
What an idiotic title. Jimmie didn't steal anything.
After further consideration, we can't rule out the thought that Chad stole it. Imagine if Chad says, "Fuel will be an issue. Here's what we need to do..." and that plan effected how Ambrose drove. We know they have to be disciplined with fuel usage, and if one driver is pressured to use more, that's good strategy. Not saying Chad deserves credit for 'instigating' a fuel situation like this but you never know with Chad. His instinct is gold. Sometimes I wish I could hear the radio chatter, cuz I always imagine Chad sitting there like, "wait for it... wait for it..."
kyb18

Wayne, NJ

#12 Jun 21, 2010
I really feel bad for Ambrose, I was hoping to see him in victory lane for once; he worked hard for that position. It's a shame what happened, but that's racing.

On the upside though, what an exciting race, one of the best I've seen in a while IMO.
old school

Raeford, NC

#13 Jun 21, 2010
If nascar would ever take points away from the 48 team like they do ALL OTHER TEAMS when they are caught cheatin they would get some respect. How many times has cheatin chad been caught and the 48 team never docked a point. In my eyes Nascar gave this one to their golden boy in front of his home state fans.
JJ2FST488

Winchester, VA

#15 Jun 21, 2010
old school wrote:
If nascar would ever take points away from the 48 team like they do ALL OTHER TEAMS when they are caught cheatin they would get some respect. How many times has cheatin chad been caught and the 48 team never docked a point. In my eyes Nascar gave this one to their golden boy in front of his home state fans.
You're an idiot old school! The 48 team HAS had points takin' away from cheatin'. They got caught @ Infineon Raceway no less in 2007 for actions detrimental to stock car racing (100 points). Ambrose's bonehead move put the champ in position to win. I still think he prolly woulda took Marcos on the caution restart, tho. But, nevertheless the home fans loved it! JJ had the dominant car all race long and it's good to see, finally, winning a road course. I pick him to win @ Watkins Glen!
pete

AOL

#16 Jun 21, 2010
i watched the drag races when i saw jimmy up front .nascar wasn,t going to let him lose again !!!he can,t beat ambrose on a road track .these bogus restarts suck !!you can fool some people sometime but not anymore !!!!!!!!!the drags were much better .
The Fat and the Furious

Livonia, MI

#17 Jun 21, 2010
pete wrote:
i watched the drag races when i saw jimmy up front .nascar wasn,t going to let him lose again !!!he can,t beat ambrose on a road track .these bogus restarts suck !!you can fool some people sometime but not anymore !!!!!!!!!the drags were much better .
What utter nonsense. What bogus restarts? Every caution that came out at the end of this race was clearly justified. And, Jimmie can indeed beat Marcos at a road course, since as we saw on Sunday, he did. So, you enjoy the drags. Maybe you'll find someone there to spout gibberish about too and pretend that they only win consistently for a decade out of luck, cheating and the governing body fixing everything in their favor. Or, than again, maybe you'll come to your senses and come back to watch a true living legend like Jimmie. Either way, I won't miss you if you stay away and won't cheer if you come back. Anyone this deluded can't possibly garner any interest from me whatever they choose to participate in.
The Fat and the Furious

Livonia, MI

#18 Jun 21, 2010
kyb18 wrote:
I really feel bad for Ambrose, I was hoping to see him in victory lane for once; he worked hard for that position. It's a shame what happened, but that's racing.
On the upside though, what an exciting race, one of the best I've seen in a while IMO.
I concur. This race was very entertaining for me, especially after being at MIS the week before and watching that bore-fest. Even though Jimmie and Marcos pretty much dominated the lead, at least it wasn't a complete run away for a single car. Plus, the racing back behind those 2 was some of the most entertaining that I've seen in the Cup series in the last few years. Hopefully, we'll see some more like this for the remainder of the year. I think there's some payback coming to some drivers stemming from Sonoma and they may spice things up a little more in the coming weeks, especially with NH up next.
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#19 Jun 22, 2010
JJ2FST488 wrote:
<quoted text>You're an idiot old school! The 48 team HAS had points takin' away from cheatin'. They got caught @ Infineon Raceway no less in 2007 for actions detrimental to stock car racing (100 points). Ambrose's bonehead move put the champ in position to win. I still think he prolly woulda took Marcos on the caution restart, tho. But, nevertheless the home fans loved it! JJ had the dominant car all race long and it's good to see, finally, winning a road course. I pick him to win @ Watkins Glen!
NASCAL wourd have fixed it to gift anothel win to Jimmy. Amblose simpry gave them an out.
Wang

Raleigh, NC

#20 Jun 22, 2010
The Fat and the Furious wrote:
<quoted text>What utter nonsense. What bogus restarts? Every caution that came out at the end of this race was clearly justified. And, Jimmie can indeed beat Marcos at a road course, since as we saw on Sunday, he did. So, you enjoy the drags. Maybe you'll find someone there to spout gibberish about too and pretend that they only win consistently for a decade out of luck, cheating and the governing body fixing everything in their favor. Or, than again, maybe you'll come to your senses and come back to watch a true living legend like Jimmie. Either way, I won't miss you if you stay away and won't cheer if you come back. Anyone this deluded can't possibly garner any interest from me whatever they choose to participate in.
Thank you fol that gleat example of authentic flountiel gibberish.
Race

United States

#21 Jun 22, 2010
alpinedigital wrote:
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Anyone think this hater would follow up these horse patties with reading responses?
He DOES deserve the win, just as ANY driver does who is in 2nd to inherit the win. Ambrose 'deserved' it for the moment he was winning without making mistakes, and 1 mistake cost him, win goes to the 2nd place car who was not as fast but did NOT make a critical mistake.
Jimmie may not BE the best, but he's driver of a team who won championships 4 yrs in a row. He IS the contributing factor to getting that car around the track. His stats are proof he can do that consistently enough, which is the only defining factor of 'being the best'. Any other 'variable' is simply dismissed. Even if he cannot drive in traffic, that is simply a variable like saying, his pit crew isn't the fastest.
In my opinion,'Consistently getting the car to the finish line ahead of the highest # of cars and acquiring enough points to win a championship' is the only requirement for obtaining the status of 'best'. He's done it 4 years in a row, which has never been done, and AS IT STANDS, he has the best ever 'current' achievement in the fact he hasn't been defeated in 4 years. Nobody else in history has ever been in a position to say that, which is the defining factor of 'best of all time.'
Yep , I can follow up. but get the story straight, I am NOT A hater. I am also not obsessed as you appear to be . I am entitled to my opinions just as you are. You sound as if your opinions are the correct & best ones. so be it. You have to grade/comment about every poster. I do have a life other than this forum. Have a good day.

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